Camp Akeela

Camp Counselors for Quirky Campers on the Autism Spectrum!

Camp Akeela is an overnight summer camp in Vermont & Wisconsin for boys and girls ages 9 - 17. Many, but not all, have been diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome or a non-verbal learning disability. Our campers, who are typically described as bright and creative, struggle to make social connections with their peers. 

We have two camp locations: Vermont - In the Upper Valley Region of Vermont, tucked away on beautiful Miller Pond, you'll find Camp Akeela. We are the only camp on our property, and the nearest town to us is Hanover, NH. Wisconsin - On the campus of Lawrence University in the heart of Appleton, WI.

About Camp Akeela

At Camp Akeela, we are doing nothing less than changing kids’ lives. Our campers, who don’t always feel comfortable in other settings, find a home here at camp. They are not just accepted at Akeela, but are celebrated. At camp they make meaningful connections with peers and older role models, which leads to increased self-esteem, confidence and pride. Our valued summer staff members are most directly responsible for this amazing transformation.​

The Employee Experience

Working at camp is similar to entering a new world you haven't traveled to before. The best way to describe working at Akeela is through our founding pillars:

Community - You'll be immersed in a community that embraces not only it's campers, but it's staff as well. Our campers go home knowing they have a community they belong to. Our staff go home with that same feeling, both as a whole camp community, and as a staff.

Growth - You'll see incredible growth in our campers, and we believe in the growth of our counselors, too! You can expect both informal and formal feedback from supervisors you'll work and collaborate very closely with. We believe in helping you achieve your personal and professional goals!

Pride - Campers walk away with their heads held high knowing they had successful and amazing experience at camp. You'll have the same feeling when you see one of your campers walk up to their parents on the last day of camp and introduce them to a new friend for the first time.

Friendship - Not only will your campers make new friendships but so will you! Akeela staff form incredible connections with each other every year that continue beyond camp.

Fun - Camp is fun! You get paid to dress up like Abraham Lincoln on July 4th, and do a "What does the Fox say?" flash mob in the middle of evening meeting!

Ideal Candidate

Our staff members are individuals who all choose to join Akeela because they are excited about living, playing, laughing and learning in our camp community. They approach the summer with a level of energy and dedication and a sense of humor that make it evident how much they enjoy and truly "get" Akeela campers!

Staff will not be providing "therapy" in the traditional/clinical sense, but will be a key part of a program that integrates a therapeutic approach to recreation and community living. Staff will have the opportunity to work first-hand with children and see the practical applications of their studies, while providing an incredible camp experience.

Room and Board

Room and Board is provided for staff members while working at Akeela. In Vermont, counselors live in recently renovated cabins with a group of campers.  All cabins have bathrooms including private shower and toilet stalls. In Wisconsin, counselors live in dorms with another staff members as a roommate, with their campers nearby on the same hall.

Non-counseling staff (including Head Counselors, Activity Heads and Support Staff) live in staff cabins without children. Camp serves three meals a day including snacks.

Employee Perks

Camp jobs offer invaluable skill-building, leadership, training, and enrichment opportunities found nowhere else. Camp experiences allow you to learn and develop skills that will enhance your job marketability. The benefits go far beyond a paycheck, too. Business executives often note that experience as a camp counselor translates into excellent management and personnel skills. Our counselors have the opportunity to:

  • live, play and work in the great outdoors
  • experience another part of the country
  • bank more money that you think – with few expenses
  • master real-life problem-solving skills
  • have a significant and positive influence in the lives of children
  • develop greater self-understanding
  • participate in experiences that enhance personal growth
  • make friends from all over the US and abroad.

Camp Akeela also offers college and graduate level internships and/or practicum hours. 

Our highly competitive salary package ranges from $2000-$3000, plus travel allowances, housing, and all meals. We appreciate how hard our counselors work and believe that time off is extremely important to maintaining a happy, motivated staff. Weekly 24-hour days off are supplemented by regular evenings out of camp and downtime during each regular camp day.

Getting Here and Getting Around

Camp Akeela VT is set on 400 wooded acres, on the shores of a 65-acre mountain lake. We are only 25 minutes from the college town of Hanover, NH. On days off, staff members can enjoy trips to Boston, Montreal, the Maine Seacoast, Burlington VT, or hiking in the Green or White Mountains.

If staff do not bring a vehicle to camp, we can help with transportation from Boston Logan Airport or from the bus or train stations in Hanover, NH or White River Junction, VT. We provide a travel allowance to help you get and from camp.

Camp Akeela WI is set on the campus of Lawrence University in Appleton, WI. Appleton is a nice town, surrounded by great areas for hiking and camping and lake trips.

If staff do not bring a vehicle to camp, we can help with transportation from Chicago O'Hare or from the bus or train stations in Appleton, WI. We provide a travel allowance to help you get and from camp.

Our Jobs

VT: 2017 Summer Season 6/19/2017 - 8/17/2017

WI: 2017 Summer Season 6/19/2017 - 7/22/2017

Activity Specialists

Specialists play a dual role at camp. They are flexible, enthusiastic and well-organized people with experience participating and teaching in their activity area. Specialists alongside cabin counselors in camper bunks and have part-time responsibility for the well-being of those campers. Hiring for specialists in Archerym, Athletics, Golf, Fencing, Hiking, Ropes Course, Swim, Tennis, and Woodshop.

Beyond Akeela Director

Beyond Akeela is a travel program for teens finishing 11th and 12th grade emphasizing social skills and preparation for life after high school. The director takes responsibility of the trip logistics, safety, staff supervision, and program execution. Candidates have special needs experience.

Cabin Counselors

Live in a cabin with 8 campers. Assist, support and motivate campers whether at activities or listening to their concerns about an issue or idea. Cabin counselors participate in their cabin's activities and do everything in their power to make each of their campers' summer the most memorable yet.


Our nurses work in our health center at camp to support the health of our campers and staff. They distribute medication, take care of bumps and bruises and respond in emergencies. Nurses are an extremely important part of our community.

Ropes Course Director

The Ropes Course Director manages our challenge course and is responsible for all ropes activities at camp. They manage and give support to two Ropes Course Specialists who they work very closely with. Our challenge course includes six low ropes elements, a climbing wall, vertical play pen, zip line, and caterpillar.

How to Apply

Please complete our online application via the links provided. If you have any questions, please feel free send us an email, or call us at 866-680-4744.